Category: Music

So farewell then, Ray Manzarek

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   Sometimes an introduction becomes as famous as the piece that follows. The dramatic chords at the beginning of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto…

Inspiration for all!

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   Reflections on the Birmingham Conservatoire Study Visit OCA students and staff joined colleagues from Birmingham Conservatoire for a day of rehearsals,…

Music or celebrity…?

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   The recent death of the conductor Sir Colin Davies, a venerable 85-year old one-time tyrant of the rostrum and the longest…

Music and literature

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   It is not at all difficult to discover the inspiration of great (and sometimes not so great) literature upon composers past…

Mulling on David Bowie’s head

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   Since the release of David Bowie’s greatly anticipated new musical works, and his collaboration with the contemporary artist Tony Oursler on…

Farewell HMV

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   It is sad when we must prepare our valediction for the demise of yet another great high-street store.   There was a…

From the Car Stereo …

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date.   This blog is the first by music tutor Andy Glover, to whom we extend a warm welcome… Every few weeks I…